January PGT Cohort – Dissertation Deadline Information

There have been, and continue to be, significant challenges for our January postgraduate students, caused by a busy and challenging academic timeline. There have been interruptions to dissertation work due to examinations and other assessments, and to ease the pressure for students the School has approved an optional extended deadline.

The original dissertation deadline for all January PGT programmes remains as Thursday 4 November (12:00 noon) but you now have the option to submit up until  Thursday 18 November (12:00 noon).

This page includes further information regarding the new extended dissertation deadline and an FAQ section to help with any questions you may have. Please read all the information carefully, and speak with your dissertation supervisor, before choosing what submission date will be most appropriate for you.

Publication of Results

If you choose to submit your dissertation by the new extended deadline of Thursday 18 November, this will delay the publication of your results. The below table highlights the dates that results will be published depending on when you choose to submit:

Submission date Publication of results
 By Thursday 4 November (12:00 noon) original deadline  Monday 10 January 2022
 By Thursday 18 November (12:00 noon) School extension  Tuesday 1 March 2022*

*this will be the date of results for any student submitting their dissertation after Monday 4 November (12.00 noon), up until Thursday 18 November (12.00 noon).

Please read the FAQs below carefully before choosing when to submit your dissertation and click the drop-down arrow next to each question for the relevant answer.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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The Optional School Extension

Is the optional extended deadline for all Business School January PGT cohort programmes?

Yes. The optional extended deadline of Thursday 18 November is for all Business School programmes that started in January 2021, where the dissertation module has an original submission date of Thursday 4 November.

Do I need to apply for an extension if I want to submit by Thursday 18 November?

No. You do not need to take any further action should you wish to submit your dissertation by the optional extended date of Thursday 18 November (12:00 noon).

Do I have to submit by the optional extended deadline or can I submit earlier?

The original deadline remains as Thursday 4 November (12:00 noon) so you can still submit by that date should you wish.

If you submit by the Thursday 4 November (12:00 noon ) deadline your results will be published on Monday 10 January as originally planned.

If you submit your dissertation after Thursday 4 November (12:00 noon), your results will be published on Tuesday 1 March.  It is your choice whether to use the optional extended deadline but please note that the publication of results date will differ depending on when you choose to submit (see table above).

If I submit after Thursday 4 November (12:00 noon), but before Thursday 18 November (12:00 noon), when will my results be published?

Results for any students submitting their dissertation after 12.00 noon on Thursday 4 November, and up until the new optional extended deadline of Thursday 18 November, will be published on Tuesday 1 March.

 

If I submit after Thursday 4 November, when will my transcript/letter of completion be available?

Your letter of completion/transcript becomes available once your marks have been published.

Therefore if you want to complete your programme and have your results published by Monday 10th January, you will need to submit your dissertation by Thursday 4 November (12:00 noon). If you submit after that date you will not complete your studies until the next publication of results date (Tuesday 1 March).

Why can’t my results be published on Monday 10 January as originally planned if I choose to submit by the new extension?

The Business School assessment and award boards take place at the end of November and beginning of December. The School then returns those marks to the University by 10 December ready for publication on Monday 10 January.

Any dissertations submitted after Thursday 4 November will not be marked in time to be presented at the next available board and will therefore will be presented at the next round of board meetings in February, ready for publication of marks on Tuesday 1 March.

If I submit by the optional extended deadline of Thursday 18 November, will this affect the date that my results will be published?

Yes. You must submit your dissertation by the original deadline of Thursday 4 November (12:00 noon) if you would like your results published on Monday 10 January as originally planned. If you choose to submit your dissertation after that date you, and up until Thursday 18 November (12:00 noon) your results will be published on Tuesday 1 March.

What happens if I submit after the optional extended deadline on Thursday 18 November?

Late penalties will be applied to any dissertations that are not submitted by the optional extended deadline of Thursday 18 November (12:00 noon) unless you have had an additional extension approved through the University mitigating circumstances/extension process

More information on how late penalties are applied can be found on the ‘submitting assignments’ page on the Taught Student Guide.

If I choose to submit after the Thursday 4 November, how will this affect when I can start working on a full-time or post study work visa?

If you’re an international student and you would like to work in the UK after graduating then please be aware of the immigration rules that apply to you.

There are several different visa categories available to graduating students, and each has its own eligibility requirements and application routes.

Submitting by the new extended deadline will impact your completion date and therefore if you wish to complete your studies on the original timeline you will need to submit your dissertation by the original deadline of Thursday 4 November (12:00 noon).

If you submit after that date, and complete all your modules, then you will not receive your results or complete your programme until results are published on Tuesday 1 March.

It is therefore your choice when to submit your dissertation and you need to consider the impact this will have on your publication of results date.

Please check the University webpage if you have further questions on visas

Mitigating Circumstances & Extension Requests

I have already been granted an extension because I applied through the University extension process due to some mitigating circumstances I have been facing. When do I need to submit my dissertation by?

If you have already had an extension granted through the University extension process and have received notification of this, we will automatically add this extension to the new deadline that has been advertised for all students. You will therefore be permitted to submit your dissertation up until Thursday 2 December (12:00 noon).

You do not have to use all this time if you do not want to but you will have up until Thursday 2 December (12:00 noon) to submit your dissertation if you have already received an extension through the University process. Your results will then be published on Tuesday 1 March.

I have mitigating circumstances and do not think I can submit my dissertation by the optional extension date. Am I still able to apply for an extension through the University process now that the School has provided its own extension?

Yes. The School date for the dissertation deadline has not moved. The date remains Thursday 4 November, but there is an optional extended deadline of Thursday 18 November.

You can still apply for an extension through the University process in addition to the School wide extension, as highlighted on students.leeds.ac.uk. This will be reviewed by the School and you can apply up until the Thursday 18 Novemeber. The School can grant up to a maximum of 14 days.

Please note that it can take a few working days to receive an outcome of an extension request, so if you submit this very close to the dissertation deadline, you may not receive the outcome until after the dissertation deadline.

I have already been granted an extension through the University extension process. When will my marks be published?

Results for any students submitting their dissertation after Thursday 4 November (12:00 noon), will be published on Tuesday 1 March.  If you would like your results published by Monday 10 January, then you must submit your dissertation by Thursday 4 November.

Graduation

What is the difference between results/award date and the graduation date?

‘Publication of results’ is the date when your marks and award (if you are completing your programme) are finalised. Your transcript and certificate are provided by the graduation team following your completion of  studies. Further information on when these will be available will shared on the University website closer to the time.

The publication or results date is different to the graduation date which is the date of the graduation ceremony itself.

You will therefore not receive this before your publication of results date

What is the degree award date for students who have submitted their dissertation by 4 November (midday)?

The date on the graduation certificate is the official Award date.

For Postgraduate students, this is often the same as the release of results date whereas UG it can differ.

Therefore those students who submitted their dissertation by 4 November (midday) and are expecting results to be published on 10 January, the date on the certificate will be 10th January 2022 and this will be their award date.

What is the degree award date for students who have submitted their dissertation after 4 November (i.e took the extension)

The date on the graduation certificate is the official Award date.

For Postgraduate students, this is often the same as the release of results date whereas UG it can differ.

Therefore those students who submitted their dissertation after 4 November (midday) and chose to take the optional extension, and are therefore expecting results to be published on 1 March, the date on the certificate will be 1 March 2022 and this will be their award date.

When will my certificate be available?

Arrangements for the distribution of certificates has not been confirmed yet for the 2021/22 academic year. Certificates are usually given to students at on-campus ceremonies, but the Univerity has not confirmed yet whether there will be ceremonies on campus in Spring 2022.

If graduation does not happen on campus then successful candidates will graduate without being present in person (technically known as graduating ‘in absentia’).  In practice, this means that you will receive your degree certificates by post rather than at a ceremony. If this is the case, the University Graduation Team will post your certificate to you and further information, when available, will be found on students.leeds.ac.uk

We cannot confirm at this stage when the Graduation team will send these to you.

Will my graduation date be affected should I choose to submit by the new deadline of Thursday 18 November?

No. Students who have results published on either 10 January or Tuesday 1 March will graduate at the same time.

When is graduation?

The University has not confirmed graduation dates for postgraduate students yet. When there is a further update on this, the information will be available on  student.leeds.ac.uk

Visa

If I choose to submit by the optional extension, what is the impact on my visa/right to remain post studies.

If you choose to submit your dissertation after Thursday 4 November (12:00 noon) your marks will be published on Tuesday 1 March 2022.

This timeline is the same timeline as those who will need to resit assessments in the January 2022 resit period.

Understanding how your visa works and what to do when your circumstances change will help make sure your time in the UK goes smoothly. There is more information on the Your Visa page on the University website.

This page includes a lot of information as well as the contact details for the International Students Office should you have a question about your visa that are not answered on the University website.

When can I start working?

The course end date on University systems, offer letters, Student Registration Certs etc is 10 Jan 22, whereas the date on the CAS is 31 Jan (this is always rounded up CAS course end dates to ensure that students get the full additional 4 months on their visa).

The UKVI guidance states that students may work full time outside term time and once the course has ended, but doesn’t clearly define anything further.  It is ultimately up to the employer to undertake a ‘right to work check’ and satisfy themselves that the student they want to employ has the right to do so.

January 2021 starters who have completed their course may start working full time from 11 Jan.

When will students get clearance to apply for the Graduate visa?

Students are reported to UKVI as eligible for the Graduate Visa once they are ‘awarded’ (award dates covered above in the FAQs) on University systems and on condition that they meet the residence requirement of being here by 27 Sept 21.

Students who chose the optional extended deadline can work full time if they have completed their course.  Again, these students will be reported as eligible for the Grad visa once they are ‘awarded’ on Banner which will be March.

All students in the January 2021 cohort should have visas valid until the end of May 2022, so there is time for students to apply for the Graduate Visa if they wish.  All students should wait until they have received an email specifically telling them that the University has reported them as eligible for the Graduate Visa before applying.

Do you have a question that is not answered here?

If you have a question about the new extended deadline that is not answered on this page, please submit your question on the dissertation deadline question form.

This form will be open until Friday 15th October.

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